The Purple Cow Solar Update
Just doubled our battery capacity... and ran two long events over the weekend... no problem! We should be able to operate continuously for 5-6 hours without the generator. That also means no fumes, no noise, and no fueling around with the generator! Our contribution to a better environment (in addition to all the great smiles from our ice cream!)
SEPT 27th - Potomac Point Winery Harvest Festival; Potomac Wine Winery, 12-5pm.
OCT 4th - Port Royal Charter Day Fall Festival (TENTATIVE)
SATURDAY MARKETS: Route 3/Gordon Road Commuter Lot, 8am-1pm, Saturdays. Please check the Abner Butterfield Facebook site for schedule changes for upcoming fall festival events.
SUNDAY MARKETS: Stafford Hospital Lower Parking Lot, 8am-1pm, Sundays. Please check the Abner Butterfield Facebook site for schedule changes for upcoming fall festival events.
Our first video... created, directed, performed, and produced by Bean Productions of Columbia SC.
Put a smile on your face by making the best ice cream in Northern Virginia! As Mom puts it... "so good you'll have to go to church after eating it!"
The story of Abner Butterfield goes back nearly 40 years to monthly pilgrimages to Grandma's. She and Grandad lived some distance away so our family couldn't go all the time. It was a bit of a trip and as it happened, about halfway there was a small soft serve ice cream shop. For some reason riding in the back seat put my brother and I to sleep but we would always wake up just in time to stop off for ice cream...and it didn't matter that it was 10am either. That's how it started...
A few years ago, we began experimenting with "dip-style" ice cream to satisfy my own developing sweet tooth for creative home-style ice creams, one that even the premium ones, just couldn't satisfy. While we started with more traditional flavors...blueberry, peach, strawberry, banana walnut, and cookies and cream... my horizons quickly expanded to trying new flavors and combinations of flavors. Never having a shortage of taste testers has also meant a steady supply of well-wishing (and hoping) that we'd have a regular going concern at some point to help satisfy their sweet toothes as well.
In 2011, we built a small plant in Stafford, Virginia, to produce ice cream for local wholesalers and retailers and to support our own retail operations at area farmers' markets, local school and club events, and corporate events.
In 2012, the "king bee" made a trip to Penn State to attend their Ice Cream Short Course, the course that covers everything from cow to cone, and graduated 2d in the class. Returning home, we built the "Purple Cow"--a 27' ice cream shop on wheels that we now take to events... over 50 during the 2012 season!
2013 proved to be a fantastic year for us! We did 80+ events at three farmer's markets, plus corporate events, and a handful of private events including our first wedding event! The "king bee" went back to Penn State to audit their Ice Cream 101 course and recommend it for other ice cream entrepreneurs.
We're looking forward to a great 2014 and hope you will share the love with us and enjoy our creations... and perhaps even help us create one or two....